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Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 24

JC Beaudin and Rouyn-Noranda lead the QMJHL

by Nicole Morris /

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage is now 18-20-4-0 after going 2-1 against the Manitoba Moose and the Rockford IceHogs this past week. 

On Friday night, the Rampage fell 2-0 against the Manitoba Moose. Jeremy Smith started between the pipes for San Antonio and made 37 saves.

The Rampage bounced back the next day and defeated the Moose 4-2 on Saturday. Rocco Grimaldi had the first goal of the night for San Antonio, with Felix Girard and Gabriel Bourque assisting. Manitoba then responded with a goal late in the first period to knot the contest going into the intermission. In the second stanza, Chris Bigras lit the lamp off a pass from Joe Whitney to advance the Rampage's lead to 2-1. The Moose found the back of the net to tie the game once again, but AJ Greer scored after taking passes from Mike Sislo and Mat Clark to give San Antonio a 3-2 advantage. Girard tallied the fourth goal late for the Rampage with an empty-netter while the team was shorthanded. Smith was in net for the Rampage and stopped 27 shots.

On Sunday night, San Antonio defeated the Rockford IceHogs 3-2 in a barn-burning overtime contest. The IceHogs took their first lead of the night in the first period, but the Rampage rallied in the second frame of play and scored twice to take the lead. Jim O'Brien netted a goal off a pass from Sislo to tie the game at 1-1, and then Gary Nunn tallied to give San Antonio the lead. However, the IceHogs responded 2:02 later to tie the match. The third period was scoreless, forcing both teams into overtime. Grimaldi lit the lamp with the game-winning goal, as he scored with 15 seconds left in extra time. Goaltender Kent Simpson contributed to the team's victory with 37 saves on the night.

Rampage goalie Spencer Martin was called up to the NHL on Wednesday to backup Calvin Pickard for the Colorado Avalanche's contest on Thursday in Anaheim. He earned his first NHL start on Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center and made his second appearance two days later when he got the start at the Pepsi Center against the same Sharks squad. Martin made a name for himself in his debut on Saturday, as he made 27 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss.

On Monday, the Rampage swapped defensemen with its ECHL affiliate, the Colorado Eagles. It recalled Mason Geertsen while reassigning Cody Corbett.

The Rampage plays its next game at home versus the Rockford IceHogs on Wednesday before starting a two-game weekend series against the Ontario Reign on Friday.

Upcoming Games:

Jan. 25 vs. Rockford IceHogs

Jan. 27 vs. Ontario Reign

Jan. 28 vs. Ontario Reign

Colorado Eagles (ECHL)

The Colorado Eagles took on the Rapid City Rush three times this past week, going 1-2 in the series. 

On Friday night, the Eagles fell 7-3 to the Rush at the Budweiser Events Center. Avs prospect Mason Geertsen had two penalty minutes in the game.

On Saturday night, the Eagles earned their first win of the week with a 6-3 defeat of the Rush in Rapid City. Colorado scored four goals in the third period to help secure the victory. Matt Garbowsky registered a hat trick in the match to help the Eagles bypass the Rush.

On Sunday, Colorado struggled to find the back of the net and lost 5-0 to Rapid City.

The Eagles are now 23-14-1-3 and are third in the Mountain Division with 50 points.

They begin a three-game home series on Wednesday versus the Tulsa Oilers. Colorado then plays a back-to-back, two-game set against the Wichita Thunder Friday and Saturday.


Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): The Ottawa 67's did not have much success this week as they went winless in all of their contests. They first competed against the Windsor Spitfires and fell 4-0 on Thursday. Ottawa then lost 7-2 on Friday to the London Knights and 5-3 to the Kitchener Rangers on Sunday. Left wing Travis Barron scored a goal in Sunday's match, and he now has 23 points with seven goals and 16 assists in 39 games. The 67's have a 18-23-5 record with 41 points overall.


JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): After going 3-1 last week, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are leading the QMJHL with a 29-11-6 record and 64 points. On Tuesday night, Rouyn-Noranda skated past the Gatineau Olympiques in a 7-3 win. JC Beaudin found the back of the net in the game and went 17-for-24 on faceoffs against the Olympiques. On Friday, Beaudin contributed an assist in the Huskies' 5-4 victory over the Sherbrooke Phoenix. On Saturday, the Huskies fell 4-3 to the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Beaudin had a two-point game with two assists for Rouyn-Noranda. Sunday concluded the four-game week, and Rouyn-Noranda won 2-1 in overtime versus the Rimouski Oceanic. The Avalanche prospect has skated in 43 games this year and has tallied 23 goals and 39 assists. Beaudin ranks eighth overall in the league with 62 points.

Nicolas Meloche (Charlottetown Islanders): Nicolas Meloche and the Charlottetown Islanders captured three wins in three games last week. On Friday, they defeated the Gatineau Olympiques 5-4 in overtime. Meloche was the hero as he tallied the OT-winning goal at the 2:36 mark of extra time to secure the triumph for Charlottetown. On Saturday, the Islanders shutout the Sherbrooke Phoenix 3-0. Sunday night concluded the three-game week for Charlottetown as it won 5-2 against the Drummondville Voltigeurs. The Islanders defenseman added a helper to the third win of the week. Meloche has now played 12 games with Charlottetown and has seven points (three goals, four assists), bringing his scoring total for the year to 28 points (10 goals and 18 assists) in 38 games. The Islanders are 29-14-2 and are ranked fifth overall in the QMJHL.


Josh Anderson (Prince George Cougars): The Prince George Cougars competed in five games this past week, going 3-2. The Cougars started off the week strong with a 4-3 win against the Portland Winterhawks on Tuesday. Prince George defenseman Josh Anderson had an assist in the game, increasing his season point total to six (all assists). The Cougars took on the Winterhawks again on Wednesday to complete the back-to-back series and won 6-5 in a shootout. Prince George picked up its first loss of the week against the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday; the team fell 2-1. On Saturday, the Kamloops Blazers defeated the Cougars 5-4 in overtime. The team closed out the week with a 2-1 shootout win over the Vancouver Giants. Prince George continues to lead the B.C. Division with a 34-13-3 record.


Will Butcher (University of Denver): The now No. 3-ranked Denver Pioneers are 16-6-4 after splitting their two-game series with St. Cloud State last weekend. On Friday night, the team fell 3-2 in overtime. On Saturday, the team bounced back to win 3-1 against the Huskies. Will Butcher has four goals and 17 assists in 26 contests this season.

Tyson Jost (University of North Dakota): Tyson Jost and the University of North Dakota went 0-2 last week. On Friday night, North Dakota took on Minnesota-Duluth and came up short, losing 5-3. Avalanche 2016 first-round draft pick Tyson Jost found the back of the net with a goal in the loss. On Saturday, the Fighting Hawks were shutout 4-0 by the Bulldogs in a game that Jost did not play in because of an injury. North Dakota is now 13-9-3 in the 2016-17 season and dropped from being ranked No. 8 in the country to No. 12 on Monday. Duluth retook the top-overall spot in the rankings. Jost has 11 goals and 13 assists in 22 games during his freshman campaign.

Cam Morrison (University of Notre Dame): No. 15 University of Notre Dame (14-8-3) went 1-0-1 in its two-game series this week at home versus the University of New Hampshire. Friday's game ended with a 2-2 draw. On Saturday, the Fighting Irish shutout the Wildcats 3-0. Freshman Cam Morrison recorded an assist in the team's win. Morrison now has 14 points on the season with six goals and eight assists.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State University went 1-1 in its two games this week. On Friday, it defeated the then No.1-ranked University of Denver Pioneers 3-2 in overtime. On Saturday, St. Cloud fell 3-1 to Denver. The Huskies are now 11-12-1 on the year. Ben Storm has two assists in 20 contests.


Gustav Olhaver (Rogle BK J20, Super Elit): Rogle BK competed in three games this week and went 1-2. The squad played Karlskrona HK on Wednesday and lost 6-1. On Friday, Rogle BK fell 4-2 to Skelleftea AIK. Rogle BK wrapped up its third game with a 4-3 win over Mora IK. Gustav Olhaver had a helper in the team's win. He now has 22 points (six goals and 16 assists) over 26 games.

Adam Werner (Bjorkloven, Allsvenskan): Bjorkloven went 0-2 in two games last week. On Wednesday night, the team lost 5-0 to IK Pantern. Adam Werner started in net against IK Pantern and made 28 saves. On Sunday night, the team fell 5-3 to Mora IK in a contest that Werner did not play in. Werner has a 9-10 record, 2.87 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage in 19 games this year.

Wilhelm Westlund (Almtuna IS, Allsvenskan): On Friday night, Almtuna IS fell 5-2 to BIK Karlskoga. Wilhelm Westlund had a helper in the team's loss. On Sunday night, Almtuna IS defeated Vita Hasten 5-1. Westlund has seven points (one goal and six assists) over 27 contests.


Maximilian Pajpach (HK Poprad, Slovak Extraliga): Maximilian Pajpach has split time this season between HK Poprad of Slovak Extraliga and MHC Martin B in Slovakia's second-tier pro league. Pajpach has a 3.96 goals-against average and .878 save percentage in eight games for Poprad. He's recorded a 7.05 goals-against average and .828 save percentage in five contests with MHC Martin B.


Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa): Denis Parshin has split this season between Salavat Yulaev Ufa and Avangard Omsk. Yulaev had two games this past week, where it began by falling 6-5 in overtime to AK Bars Kazan on Wednesday. On Monday, Salavat Yulaev's effort just wasn't enough as it lost 4-3 to Vityaz Moscow Region in a shootout. Parshin has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in 45 total matches with Salavat and Avangard.

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow had some success this past week after going 2-0 in two games. The team started off with a 1-0 win versus CSKA Moscow on Wednesday and then continued with a 6-2 victory against Traktor Chelyabinsk on Monday. Andrei Mironov remains out with an injury. Overall, the Avalanche prospect has one tally and three assists in 11 matches.

High School

Nate Clurman (Culver Academy): Culver Academy played St. Andrews on Saturday and fell 4-2.

Central Interior Hockey League

Luke Walker (Terrace River Kings): Walker is currently playing for the Terrace River Kings in the Central Interior Hockey League in British Columbia. Colorado's fifth-round draft choice in 2010 spent the last three seasons in Europe.

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